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Caregivers accused of elder abuse after Amador County woman found malnourished, dehydrated

Michael Larry Gumm
Michael Larry Gumm Booking photo, Amador County Sheriff’s Office

Two people who described themselves as caregivers were arrested by Amador County sheriff's deputies after an elderly woman was found malnourished and dehydrated at a residence in Jackson Valley.

Shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a resident in the 4600 block of Roadrunner Drive. The caller reported that an elderly woman at the residence was unresponsive. Ambulance and fire department personnel were dispatched to the home, and an 87-year-old woman was transported to Sutter Amador Hospital for treatment, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

When the woman arrived at the hospital, the emergency room staff requested that the Sheriff’s Office respond. Deputies found that the woman was malnourished, dehydrated, partially covered in dried fecal matter, and suffering from a number of infected subcutaneous ulcers.

Sheriff’s deputies went to the Roadrunner Drive residence and contacted Michael Larry Gumm, 49, and Sabrina Raquel Hernandez, 47, both of Jackson Valley, who claimed they were the woman’s caregivers. Sheriff’s officials said the two were evasive in their answers and attributed the woman’s condition to a recent sunburn.

Detectives conducted a follow-up investigation that included executing a search warrant at the residence, conducting additional interviews, and reviewing electronic documents and financial records.

Gumm and Hernandez subsequently were arrested and booked into Amador County Jail on suspicion of elder abuse.